Sport Champion Mertens reaches Hobart final with Watson win

17:55  12 january  2018
17:55  12 january  2018 Source:   Reuters

Watson suffers Hobart semi defeat

  Watson suffers Hobart semi defeat Heather Watson's run at the Hobart International ended with a semi-final loss to Elise Mertens. Watson has been in excellent form in Tasmania but found defending champion Mertens, the world No 36, ultimately too strong.Watson, who won the title in 2015, fought back well after losing the opening set but Mertens regrouped in the decider and went on to triumph 6-4 1-6 6-2.The British No 2 will now head to Melbourne, where she opens her Australian Open campaign against Kazakh Yulia Putintseva."(It is) just frustrating. Thought I made too many unforced errors," Watson said.

Defending champion Elise Mertens of Belgium reached the Hobart International final with a 6-4 1-6 6-2 win over British qualifier Heather Watson on Friday.

HOBART , Jan 12 (Reuters) - Defending champion Elise Mertens of Belgium reached the Hobart International final with a 6-4 1-6 6-2 win over British qualifier Heather Watson on Friday.

a tennis player swinging a racket at a ball: Tennis: U.S. Open© REUTERS Tennis: U.S. Open Defending champion Elise Mertens of Belgium reached the Hobart International final with a 6-4 1-6 6-2 win over British qualifier Heather Watson on Friday.

The second-seeded Mertens recovered from a second-set lapse to edge out Watson, who won the tournament in 2015, in one hour and 42 minutes.

The 22-year-old world number 36 will play Mihaela Buzarnescu in Saturday's final after the Romanian sailed past fifth-seeded Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko 6-2 6-2 in the second semi-final.

"She made the same run (from qualifying) as I did last year, but I'm happy to win today," Mertens said in an on-court interview.

Aussie Fourlis to learn from Hobart exit

  Aussie Fourlis to learn from Hobart exit Australia's Jaimee Fourlis has been ousted from the Hobart International by former winner Heather Watson but will take lessons from the loss.The 18-year-old was beaten 6-2 6-2 by world No.74 Watson on Wednesday, with the 2015 Hobart champion too strong from the back of the court.

Defending champion Elise Mertens of Belgium reached the Hobart International tennis final with a 6-4, 1-6, 6-2 win over British qualifier Heather Watson on Friday. The second-seeded Mertens recovered from a second-set lapse to edge out Watson , who won the tournament in 2015

Defending champion Elise Mertens of Belgium reached the Hobart International final with a 6-4 1-6 6-2 win over British qualifier Heather Watson on Friday.

"I gave it all today, and I'm still playing doubles later.

"I tried to play a bit more aggressive in the third set and make her run a little bit more. She was dictating me in the second set, all credits to her. She played an amazing match."

After a tight opener which was decided by a single break of serve, Watson, ranked 74th in the world, fought back to square the match but her hopes of winning a fourth WTA title were dashed due to unforced errors.

"(It is) just frustrating. Thought I made too many unforced errors," Watson said. "Because I'd been playing so well, I expected more of myself."

Towelled up: Gavrilova blows Open chance .
Daria Gavrilova is out of the Australian Open after a first-set collapse in her second-round clash with Belgian Elise Mertens.The Australian No.2 suffered a heartbreaking 7-5 6-3 loss after holding a 5-0 first-set lead.

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